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Poster: Cliff Hucker Date: Jan 13, 2010 6:34am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Your Top Ten Shows By Year?

I love both of those "Slewfoot" Santa Rosa shows! Both of those countryfied performances have a groovy vibe, but I have to give the edge to 6/27/69 with its top-notch Dark Star (98+ pts)...

http://www.archive.org/details/gd69-06-27.sbd.samaritano.20547.sbeok.shnf

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Poster: elbow1126 Date: Jan 13, 2010 7:13am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Your Top Ten Shows By Year?

agreed. I would have included 6-27 because it is so unique. Don't forget Bobby singing Dire Wolf while Jerry works the steel pedal and the primordial Casey Jones that sounds more like motown at the start.

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Poster: csaw44 Date: Jan 15, 2010 4:33pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Your Top Ten Shows By Year?

yea, when you compare the two shows 6/27/ and 6/28, its pretty obvious that 6/27 was a better show. but like i said, the first ever bit of grateful dead i heard was "this dance is a ladies choice!' haha love it. when i go back, the 6/28 show, setlist and length wise, is very strange

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Poster: ghostofpig Date: Jan 13, 2010 5:56pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Your Top Ten Shows By Year?

I remember when they played "Slewfoot" at the bandshell in Central Park. I'd never even heard OF a pedal steel before. We taped that show--another really shitty cassette. I spent the next thirty years trying to figure out what Bobby was singing. I loved the tune. I suppose if we'd had Google back then . . . .

This post was modified by ghostofpig on 2010-01-14 01:56:01

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Poster: Cliff Hucker Date: Jan 13, 2010 5:55pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Your Top Ten Shows By Year?

Bear tracks!

Great tune, the Grateful Dead honestly did a better job with it than Johnny Horton! Love Billy's rim-shot rifle fire. Shame it didnt make it to 1970!

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Poster: ghostofpig Date: Jan 14, 2010 1:57pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Your Top Ten Shows By Year?

I suspect that the pedal steel tunes fizzled when Jerry realized he couldn't keep it in tune with the rest of the band for very long. He had the thing tuned when he bought it, and I don't think he learned to tune it himself until 1970 when he got together with Narmaduke. I gather that it's a tough instrument to play. Considering his lack of experience, Garcia does well, even in 1969 (save for those few Hard To Handles which Tell will agree don't hold up to 1971).

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Poster: cush212 Date: Jan 13, 2010 5:28pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Your Top Ten Shows By Year?

How many is "throty"? Somewhere between 3 & 300 years???

;)

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Poster: ghostofpig Date: Jan 13, 2010 5:55pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Your Top Ten Shows By Year?

Directly in the middle.